Probably best known on our shores for Pedro AlmodÃ³var’s Oscar winning film poster, All About my Mother, Oscar MarinÃ© and his Madrid-based consultancy OMB is a good example of creativity born out of the La Movida movement in the 1980s. During that period, Marine funded and art directed the urban magazine Madrid me Mata (Madrid kills me), and worked in New York with Absolut Vodka and the poet John Giorno. Capitalising on the connection, his design group OMB opened a New York studio in 1993, which closed in 1995 to allow it to focus on their work in Spain.
OMB specialises in communication and corporate identity, but it is the film poster work that has made Marine a Spanish household name. Spanish movies such as El Dia de la Bestia by Alex de la Iglesia, Tierra by Julio Medem and La Buena Vida by David Trueba all carry his graphic signature. OMB’s record cover work is also prolific, with the most recent example being the jazz fusion project between Michael Camilo and Tomatito’s album for record label Lola records.
OMB has a broad range of corporate Spanish and international clients, such as Sanitas (Bupa’s affiliated company), Swatch, Hugo Boss, Amnesty International and Camper. Awards include the 1995 and 1997 Hispanic Creative Awards, and this year Oscar MarinÃ© was awarded the US Creativity Gold Medal.